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Bullying around the world: a new OECD study finds one in five Austrians bullied

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The report, which studied bullying in Europe and North America, found that less than one in 20 Swedish schoolchildren experience bullying, making it the country with the least number of people harassed. The average was estimated at 11 percent, with Austria recording a staggering 21 percent of people claiming to have been bullied.

Aside from Finland, which hit the average of about one in 10 being bullied, Sweden’s neighbours also fared well in the report, with Norway coming in at 9 percent and Denmark at 6 percent.

The 2015 report was based on data gathered for a 2009-2010 World Health Organisation (WHO) survey in which boys and girls aged 11, 13 and 15 were asked whether they had been bullied at least twice in the past few months. The OECD noted, however, that the data might not fully cover cyberbullying.

……But despite the report, Sweden has had its fair share of bullying cases come to light in recent years.

In 2013, the Lundsberg boarding school in central Sweden made global headlines and was temporarily closed after a series of bullying allegations where some of its students were accused of violently hazing newcomers. One of the more horrific examples was when a boy was burned on the back with a hot iron to the extent that he was hospitalized.

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By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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